"It's good to be king, if just for a while,
To be there in velvet, yeah, to give 'em a smile..."
The Titans lost their second preseason game against the Panthers this past Saturday. Meh. #Preseason. Something we can take away from these two games though: Mariota has been looking wicked good. His numbers so far this preseason are 14/15 (he threw an interception on Saturday) for 149 yards. He has a completion percentage of 93.3% and a passer rating of a whopping 102.5. Dang, son. Hopefully this production will carry over into the actual season. I have hope!
Quick Hit: Game notes from Saturday's game.
It's so surprising to see the Titans producing anything out of that old archaic game scheme that Mularkey has been implementing. Oh wait. They've been producing out of the no huddle?! I thought they weren't going to be doing any of that! We saw it Saturday when the Titans went no huddle for 9 plays, 81 yards, and it produced a TD from Mariota to one Harry Douglas. More of that please.
Quick Hit: Sharpe is looking like a real gem so far.
Mularkey held a press conference yesterday. John Glennon ran down six key topics from that press conference for us. First up: what's the deal with Hunter? Like...what's his progress looking like? Second: how has Mariota been looking so far? Spoiler alert: it's mainly all good stuff. Third: what are his thoughts on Henry shedding off tacklers who go for his feet? Good, and he thinks defenders are dumb if they tackle him that way. Fourth: his thoughts on Byard returning kicks. Fifth: the competition at Left Guard. Finally: Injuries. McCourty is expected to return to practice on Monday, and Wright should be back by the end of the week. Dodd and Wallace are also expected to continue working during practices, and should see some time against Oakland.
That long TD run by Ginn in the first series of the game for Carolina...woof. For awhile now the Cornerbacks on this team have been playing, well, sucky. According to PK they appear to be timid, and scared of letting Wide Receivers get past them. This causes the Cornerbacks to keep the Receivers in front of them, and thus makes them line up way too off the line. Kuharsky asks who decides how much cushion the backs should give off the line of scrimmage, and Mularkey says it comes down to a little bit of both the players and the coaches. Mularkey wants to tighten that up though. It's ok to press the line sometimes dang it!
That's all for today. Happy reading!